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Not good news at all on the Pavel Datsyuk front. The Free Press's Helene St. James reports that the Red Wings' most important player will probably miss his own "bobblehead night" at Joe Louis Arena this Wednesday against Philadelphia as Datsyuk's real bobbling head is still dealing with the after-effects of Jared Cowen's elbow:
The Wings play 12 games between Wednesday the 4th and Monday the 23rd, and I get the feeling that those missed games due to what was supposedly an "accidental" and non-suspension-worthy elbow are going to pile up.
A slate of "head shots" of Pavel Datsyuk, Jimmy Howard, James Reimer, and then a partially-toothless Stephen Weiss, Todd Bertuzzi before Captain Perfect Smile, Brendan Smith, wraps up the "head shots"...
This is pretty cool:
MALKIN, KRONWALL AND KEITH NAMED NHL ‘THREE STARS’ OF THE WEEK
NEW YORK (Dec. 2, 2013) – Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 1.
SECOND STAR – NIKLAS KRONWALL, D, DETROIT RED WINGS
Kronwall posted a trio of multi-point games in leading the Red Wings (14-7-7, 35 points) to three victories in three starts. He scored his third goal of the season, all on the power play, and added an assist in a 6-1 victory over the Boston Bruins Nov. 27. Kronwall then posted a pair of two-assist games: in a 5-0 win over the New York Islanders Nov. 29 and in a 4-2 triumph over the Ottawa Senators Dec. 1. The 32-year-old Stockholm native has 2-7—9 during a six-game point streak dating to Nov. 21, including assists in five consecutive contests. He is tied for fourth among NHL defensemen with 18 assists and 21 points in 26 games this season.
And yes, as Paul noted, when Kronwall was on The Fan 590 and said farewell to Nick Kypreos and Paul MacLean, Kypreos almost whispered, "But he isn't a #1 defenseman, he's a 2-3 guy," and Kypreos suggested that Ken Holland rather desperately needs to find a #1 defenseman.
I'm on the go-after-Alex Edler bandwagon.
Red Wings-Senators wrap-up and overnight report: Red Wings finally earn a W on ‘Alfie closure night’
Updated with Wings post-game interviews at 3:04 AM: The Red Wings flew back to Detroit to get Chris Osgood home in time for the opening practice of what Osgood told Fox Sports Detroit's audience would be the opener of at least two practices in the Winter Classic Alumni Showdown's Kris Draper-run training camp knowing that the current players wouldn't have to join the alumni in skating after a very busy week's worth of wins.
The Wings have won 4 games for the first time this season, taking out Buffalo, Boston, the Islanders, and on Sunday--though it was via a less-than-aesthetically-pleasing effort--Daniel Alfredsson's former employer, snapping a 2-game losing streak against Ottawa and taking the "reunion game" 4-2 thanks to a rare two-goal game from Drew Miller, a 4-for-4 PK and a superb, 30-save performance from Jonas Gustavsson, 2 assists from Niklas Kronwall, another against-the-Sens goal for Johan Franzen, and a salt-the-game-away empty-netter from some guy wearing #11 in red and white.
As TSN's Bob McKenzie reported, Hockey Canada will be announcing its World Junior Selection Camp roster at 1 PM on Monday, and he doesn't believe that Hockey Canada will entertain many try-outs given that the team's roster is more or less set going into this January's tournament in Belaurs.
It's expected that Red Wings prospect and Saginaw Spirit goaltender Jake Paterson will start for Canada, and while the following gentleman is playing in the highest-scoring junior hockey league in Canada, it's hard to ignore his hat trick in the Val-d'Or Foreurs' 6-1 win over Acadie-Bathurst, and as he leads the QMJHL in scoring with 30 goals, 32 assists and 62 points registered over the course of only 28 games played, well, per the Canadian Press, expect this guy to crack the roster:
It wasn't pretty, at times it was tackle hockey on ice (nice refereeing tonight on both sides), and the Wings sure as hell put a helluva scare into themselves and their fans, but Detroit has finally avenged its 6-1 and 4-2 losses to Ottawa, it's earned a measure of vengeance for Mr. Cowen's concussing of Pavel Datsyuk, and the Wings did it the old-fashioned way:
They won. The Wings defeated Ottawa 4-2 (taking their 4th straight game, a season high), with Drew Miller scoring two workmanlike goals, Jonas Gustavsson playing BIG in the Wings' net in stopping 30 of 32 Senators shots, the Wings killing four Senators power plays (to 1 Wings PP) and Daniel Alfredsson registering an assist on the game's first goal and scoring a special empty-netter:
The cheers for Alfredsson during the Senators' tribute turned to boos by the third period, and after the first period, you might have needed a cup of coffee as the period was pretty tame, in no small part due to all the clutchy-grabby-tackly stuff and 0-0 score...
Here's the Senators' tribute video to Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson:
Update: Here's a bit more from TSN:
The Detroit Free Press apparently wants to get in on the post-football and pre-Alfredsson-overload rush, because they posited their first excerpt from Darren McCarty's memoir (My Last Fight: The True Story of a Hockey Rock Star) this morning, and this afternoon, they're literally going for a knockout punch, allowing the former Red Wings forward to address his fight with Claude Lemieux:
My memorable first-period encounter with Lemieux almost didn’t happen because Colorado defenseman Adam Foote grabbed me just as all hell was starting to break loose. He was strong as an old bear, and he had a tight grip on me. But Brendan Shanahan came over and gave Foote a double-arm chop. That broke me free from Foote. It was like letting a dog off the leash.
I took a direct path toward Lemieux. It was written, and said, that Lemieux never saw me coming. But that’s untrue. I can tell you that I looked him directly in the eyes before I hit him. I wanted him to know my anger. I didn’t sucker punch him, as some have written. I cold-cocked him.
When he went down, he ended up in what hockey players call the “turtle” position. He was covering his head with his arms. Again, much later, he told me that he wasn’t turtling. He had momentarily been knocked out by the punch, and was trying to regain his senses.
Meanwhile, I was trying to hurt him. I was throwing punches and trying to slam his head into the ice. I dragged him over to the boards so that Draper could have a good look.
The story continues...
Updated 5x at 4:51 PM: Well, here we go. The Detroit Red Wings face off against the Ottawa Senators today (5:30 PM, FSD Plus/NHL Network U.S. with the usual Center Ice/GCL blackout)TSN/RDS/1270 AM), and if you didn't read the overnight report's slate of Daniel Alfredsson stories, you should at least know that this game is one of only three on the NHL schedule today (with the other game taking place this evening quite the "undercard" in Edmonton vs. Dallas at 6 PM; today is also the first of the Herm to Hockeytown 3 Pledge Games), and it's been gobbled up by the NHL Network, so you can expect even more chatter than you may have already expected about, well..
The Detroit Red Wings will face the Ottawa Senators today (5:30 PM EST, FSD Plus/TSN/RDS/1270 AM; the Wings are holding a "viewing party" at the Hard Rock Cafe today, and Alex Delvecchio will be there) hoping to snap a two-game losing streak against Ottawa (Detroit lost 6-1 to Ottawa on October 23rd and 4-2 on November 23rd, with both games having taken place at Joe Louis Arena) and hoping to continue push their winning streak to four games (the Wings defeated Buffalo 3-1 a week ago today, Boston 6-1 last Wednesday and the Islanders 5-0 on Friday)...
And given both Saturday morning's crop of "Daniel Alfredsson returns to Ottawa for the first time since leaving the team this past summer" articles and the massive media crush taking in Alfredsson and the Wings' practice on Saturday (5:30 PM start = no morning skate today), I've been trying to figure out how to frame this game from a Red Wings fan's perspective, because, to quote Marty McFly poorly, "This is some heavy shit, man."
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